Sound Scouts Select: 5 beautiful children's books on inclusion, disability and connection

Beautiful things happen when everyone is included. Our kids will be the leaders of our future, so it should be a top priority to teach them the wonderful ways in which they can be leaders in understanding and supporting inclusivity, especially around disabilities. Reading books can help your child grow in their school life and social life. It has been well documented that reading books develops empathy and emotional intelligence - particularly when reading fiction.

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Quiet places in public spaces: an appetite for change

3 min read Have you ever sat in a restaurant with a group of friends and not been able to hear anyone but the person sitting next to you? It seems this is a common problem but is anyone coming to the table to discuss the impact of noise in everyday experiences. The Washington Post and The Guardian recently posted articles addressing the lack of quiet spaces in restaurants. The reports dug into why we need quiet spaces and who is really affected by the dangers of restaurant noise.

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Why hearing loss in kids can be hard for parents to spot

Emily Joyce, Freelance Writer If you were asked to recall specific events in the days after giving birth, you’d probably have a tough time. The intense mix of overwhelming joy and exhaustion cloud the details, but it’s likely you remember feeling relief when your baby passed the newborn hearing test. Then, like most parents, you probably haven’t given their hearing another thought. If you haven’t had your child’s hearing checked since those early days, it’s time to do so.

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An old fashioned virus – with modern day consequences…

Did you know that the US measles outbreak is at its highest level of cases in more than 25 years? In the last 12months measles cases around the globe have surged by 300% and Australia and New Zealand have not escaped the increase in this deadly disease. Severe complications can come from measles; including pneumonia, swelling of the brain and hearing loss. Sadly, there’s not enough awareness about viral infections and their link to long-term health issues such as hearing loss.

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